Perhaps Autodromo’s biggest achievement to date was the announcement of an official partnership with Ford to create watches to go along with their GT supercar, an opportunity usually reserved for large Swiss houses. Two concepts were created: an exclusive luxury watch only for owners of the GT, and an open series for the motoring public. The latter is featured here, and is a truly remarkable display of clever watch design. Meant as a heritage version of the owner’s watch, the GT Endurance Chronograph mixes design cues from the modern supercar with vintage chronograph panache.
Powering the Ford GT Endurance Chronograph is the Seiko VK64 Meca-Quartz Chronograph caliber. This Japanese-made hybrid movement mixes a mechanical chronograph mechanism with quartz time regulation, for the best of both worlds. The chronograph center-hand sweeps at 1/5th second intervals for smooth motion and all hands instantly reset. Additionally you’ll find a 60-minute totalizer at the nine position and a 24-hour hand at three. Battery life is approximately 36 months.
Since their debut in 2011, Autodromo has created a tightly focused array of beautifully designed and engineered timepieces for the automotive-minded watch enthusiast. From the NY headquarters of founder and chief designer Bradley Price, Autodromo’s watches bleed mid-century motoring style, with an emphasis on the classic feel of European motorsports. Finishing is key to this stylish ethos, with Autodromo models often featuring engineering, design and finishing outshining watches costing several times as much. Standout models include the Stradale line, meant to capture the ethos of 1950’s Italian sports cars; the Monoposto series, translating the forms of early Formula 1 racing gauges into a stylish and beautifully made work of art for the wrist; and the Group B, which takes the aggressive high-tech forms of the fire-breathing Group B off road rally cars of the 1980s and melds them into a razor-sharp modern sports watch.